The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office I (DOST-I), for the past years, has been implementing one the department’s flagship programs called the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program geared at addressing the socioeconomic challenges that communities in the regions are facing.

CEST uses five entry points, Human Resource Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Livelihood/ Economic Enterprise Development, Health and Nutrition, Environmental Protection and Conservation, to specifically provide science-based solutions to pressing issues confronting economically challenged communities within the region.

On 12 July 2022, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) published on its website the Department of Science and Technology’s flagship program, “Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program 4.0 (SETUP 4.0)” as part of the SDG Acceleration Actions under “The Partnership Platform”.

The Philippines was recognized by the UN DESA during its interventions at the Seventh Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) and the 2022 ECOSOC Finance for Development Forum.

What can be done with banana processing wastes? 

A researcher from the Forest Products Research and Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FPRDI) says that if these wastes are banana fruit stalks (also called peduncles), they can be used to make thermal insulation boards.

The Philippines makes around 1.35 billion kilos of banana fruit stalk wastes every year. These stalks need not be thrown away, they can be made into thermal insulation boards.

The Department of Science and Technology Region I - Research and Development and International Linkages Program Management Center (DOST-I RDILPMC) is pushing for the adoption of coffee processing technologies during the 3rd episode of TechTalk with the theme “Tara, Kape?” aired on 27 June 2022 via Zoom and Facebook live.

TechTalk is a webinar series that promotes DOST-generated and -funded technologies and projects. TechTalk: Tara, Kape? featured the coffee processing technologies from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech). The development of the technology was funded by the DOST Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).  Also discussed during the program was the coffee geographical origin identification project under the Food Authenticity and Traceability (FAT) Program of the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) and La Salle Food and Water Institute (LSFWI).

BACNOTAN, La Union - The Department of Science and Technology Region I (DOST-I) awarded a salt production facility and salt iodizing machine worth Php 400,000.00 to Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University- North La Union Campus- Fisheries Research and Training Institute (DMMMSU-NLUC-FRTI) on 6 July 2022 at DMMMSU-NLUC, Paraoir, Bacnotan La Union.

DMMMSU-NLUC Chancellor, Dr. Junifer Rey E. Tabafunda, greeted the attendees of the event and offered his sincere gratitude to all  the various team players who made the project possible.

On the other hand, Dr. Angelina T. Gonzales, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension at DMMMSU, said that an ordinary technology that can be used every day is preferable to an amazing technology that cannot be used in daily life. She further emphasized that innovations should be relevant, resizable according to the needs of the users, and reproducible for different uses. Dr. Gonzales, likewise, applauded the organizations' initiative in producing iodized salt because it can aid in tackling malnutrition in the communities.